Quarterly asylum statistics - a summary - Refugee Council
May 22, 2008

Quarterly asylum statistics – a summary

The Home Office released its ‘Asylum Statistics: 1st Quarter 2008’ this week. Here is a summary of the main findings from the report.

Applications

  • 6595 – 16% higher than Q1 2007 (5680)
  • Top 5 applicant countries (and % change against Q1 2007):
    – Afghanistan (830: +10%)
    – Iraq (700: +122%)
    – Zimbabwe (640: +97%)
    – Iran (580: -3%)
    – Eritrea (470: +38%)

Initial Decisions

  • 4435 – 26% lower than Q1 2007 (6005)
  • 21% grants of asylum (Q1 2007: 15%)
  • 11% humanitarian protection/discretionary leave (Q1 2007: 10%)
  • 68% refusals (Q1 2007: 75%)
  • Top 5 positive decision rates (asylum/HP/DL):
    – Eritrea 65%
    – Somalia 58%
    – Zimbabwe 28%
    – Iran 27%
    – Iraq 26%

Appeals

  • 2095 received – 46% lower than Q1 2007 (3880)
  • 2440 determined – 33% lower than Q1 2007 (3655)
  • 21% allowed
  • 72% dismissed (neither figure deviates much from the norm)
  • Top nationalities whose appeals allowed:
    – Eritrea 48%
    – Sudan 46%
    – Somalia 40%

Removals

  • 16760 persons – 12% higher than Q1 2007 (14970)
  • 2805 principal asylum applicants
  • 220 asylum dependants
  • 13740 non-asylum cases
  • Top 5 nationalities removed (asylum applicants – will also include to third countries):
    – Afghan (270)
    – Iraqi (205)
    – Turkish (190)
    – Chinese (185)
    – Pakistani (185)
  • Of total removals, 970 persons left under Assisted Voluntary Return scheme:
    – 575 principal asylum applicants
    – 75 asylum dependants
    – 320 non-asylum cases

Asylum Support

  • 33865 receiving support – 31% lower than Q1 2007 (48800)
  • 4770 applications – 4% higher than Q1 2007 (4575)
  • Applications from Iraqis increased by 79% and from Zimbabweans by 41%
  • Top 5 nationalities receiving support:
    – Iraq (715)
    – Iran (615)
    – Eritrea (455)
    – Somalia (405)
    – Zimbabwe (375)
  • 1875 grants of Section 4 support – 1% lower than Q1 2007
    – Iraqis account for 31% of those supported under Section 4

Detention

  • 1640 asylum applicants detained under Immigration Act powers
  • 71% of all detainees

See also:

Our press release: Refugee Council response to quarterly asylum stats published today

Home Office Quarterly Asylum Statistics